Today, MLB rosters shrink from 30 to 28, as expected. However, the 28-man rosters will remain in place throughout the remainder of the 2020 season, as announced yesterday.
Following agreement with @MLB_PLAYERS and approval by @MLB Clubs, 28-player rosters will remain in place from tomorrow through end of 2020 season, including the Postseason. Doubleheaders will allow a 29th player, and taxi squads may increase from 3 to 5.— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) August 6, 2020
Initially, the original plan was to shrink the rosters down to 26 in a few weeks, but with everything that has happened in baseball over the last few weeks, the 28-man roster will remain. As mentioned in the tweet above, doubleheaders will allow a 29th player and the taxi squad number may increase to five.
With that being said, the Angels had to option two players today. The club optioned Jose Rodriguez and Matt Thaiss.
The #Angels optioned Jose Rodriguez and Matt Thaiss to get down to 28. This leaves La Stella and Ward as the only 1B besides Pujols and neither is a true 1B.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 6, 2020
Rodriguez appeared in one game so far this season for the Angels. He threw 1 2⁄3 innings of scoreless ball while allowing two hits. Matt Thaiss has appeared in five games for the Angels and has really struggled at the plate. He has two singles and had struck out three times.